First of all it was the decadent feather lashes.
Then it was the colour-pop coral lipstick.
Then it was the bold, bright and beautiful florals.
Altogether the perfect ingredients for the kind of styled inspiration shoot the RMW Team know our gorgeous readers will adore. And as soon as we saw it we simply had to have it.
The very sweet and talented Louise from Bow Occasions submitted her most recent project to us as she too thought it had Rock My Wedding written all over it, with a delectable selection of gowns, catwalk- worthy hair and make-up and a whole host of completely do-able table scape ideas for you lovelies to steal…. we couldn’t agree more.
It’s Friday folks and let me tell you – We. Have. Got. It. Going. On.
Louise Bow Occasions: The shoot came about after I met Dasha from Exhibit Emotions on twitter. After talking weddings for a while, we discovered that we both have a common passion for colour and decided to plan a photo shoot for the start of spring which would inspire couples to be brave with colour when styling their weddings.
With a starting colour palette of pink, purple and turquoise with hints of gold, Dasha and I set about finding talented wedding suppliers to enable us to bring the whole look together. It was important that each supplier contributed their own ideas for the shoot; therefore free creative rein was given. Each supplier was sent an inspiration board with the words to describe the shoot being bright, playful, colourful and fun and not much more.
The main table set up consisted of a standard white table cloth with a hessian table runner through the middle. Each place setting comprised of a gold charger plate, turquoise napkin, white dinner plate, a kraft lunchbox with a wooden fork and either a pink or clear wine glass. Gorgeous, bright flowers in pinks and purples filled three vases to make up the centre piece and then the whole look was finished off with a sprinkle of sequins. Many of the items for the shoot were purchased from the high street so not only is the photo shoot gorgeous, it is budget friendly too.
Located in the heart of the beautiful Kent countryside and within easy access to both London and the South Coast, Winters Barns is a charming barn with vaulted ceilings and stunning grounds which will take you a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
The L Shaped Barns which date back to 1690 sit in the most perfect setting with so many hidden spots making for perfect photography opportunities.
A bright and fun photo shoot, requires bright and fun suppliers and Dasha from Exhibit Emotions Photography is just that.
“I absolutely loved working on this photo shoot. The whole team just ‘got’ the idea and everyone was on the same page. It is very important to have that for your wedding as well. The combination of location, styling, beautiful wedding dresses, colourful flowers and all the details made it a photographer’s dream! Also, Ethel and Will are a real couple and have been together for a while, so it was such a pleasure to capture that connection and love they have for each other”.
Make-up artist, Mariam Jensen, has been creating gorgeous makeup for over twelve years, specializing in Airbrush Makeup for HD and Digital Photography. I was so excited to have Mariam on board and knew that she would exceed expectations.
“I loved that the shoot was vibrant and fun as it allowed me to use colours that you may not see on a bride usually. I wanted to utilize colour, lashes and glitter to enhance the makeup. Wedding make-up doesn’t have to be boring and use of texture, lashes, etc can add a lot of impact and glamour to the make-up”.
Cassandra Rizzuto of Love Your Hair pulled out all the stops and created fantastic, statement hair styles that complimented the models make-up beautifully.
“When Louise brought her Eclectic Chic idea to me I had a hayday making my mood boards and at 10 pages later I knew it was going to be a great shoot. I wanted to make Victoria, Jess and Ethel look different from each other so I chose hairstyles that were completely different to achieve that. Louise had suggested adding a plait in somewhere so I decided to make Victoria’s whole style a plait to make it simple against the great lashes that she was wearing.
For Jess’s style I went with a sleeker modern 40’s inspired style to offset Victoria’s (with both being blonde) when they were photographed together but with red hair being my favourite hair colour I was so happy that Ethel was available to be there. I wanted to keep Ethel very natural so I did that in giving her some loose natural curls that made her pop on camera. With the dress changes there had to be hair changes too and I took them slightly outside of the bridal hair box with Victoria’s maiden inspired tight bun with height around the face to Jess’s High and wild bun made with a few hair extensions for the extra bulk and lastly I back combed Ethel’s curls with my fingers to give her a wilder look.
This was a lot of fun especially with Mariam’s creative and beautifully done make up”.
Kerris from Blue Dove Weddings worked her magic on the florals, putting together two hand tied bouquets as well as centrepieces for the main table and displays for the dessert table.
“When I was given the brief I was extremely excited as the colours that Louise came up with were some of my most favourite colours. The flower arrangements came together as a fusion of passion for bright colours. Having worked for a colour forecasting company in the past our most successful colour combinations were the bright ones so I knew the colour scheme would go down well which it did to a T. Having done flowers for many weddings the most comments I get are from the ones that are brightly decorated. I wanted to introduce a mixture of texture and shapes into my floral arrangements, and I feel I achieved this.
The flowers that were used in the arrangements are Baby Pink and Violet Lisianthus, Hot Pink Ranunculus, Blue Forget-me-not, Purple Statice, Pacific Blue Roses (antique purple Roses), Baby Pink Milano Roses, Deep pink Sweet Akito roses and Purple Freesia’s”.
Adamo Bridal have a fantastic range of dresses suitable for all shapes and sizes not to mention an absolutely gorgeous bridal boutique. Lauren brought along a number of styles for the shoot, each one equally as beautiful as the next with designs by Alan Hannah, Cymbeline and Ugo Zaldi.
The main focus for the models was to be on the dresses, hair and make-up and therefore no there were no accessories for the shoot.
The Dessert Table
Dessert Tables are a hugely popular trend in America with the trend slowly starting to make its way to the UK. Harri from Crumbs! Couture generously provided cupcakes and cake pops for the dessert table which were extremely delicious and popular with the team after a fun days’ work. A gold frame was used as a focal point on the table and paper poms provided by Juliet from Paper Poms UK added a splash of colour.
Venue: Winters Barns, Canterbury
Styling and Design: Bow Occasions
Photography: Exhibit Emotions
Dessert Table: Bow Occasions
Make-Up: Mariam Jensen
Hair Styling: Cassandra Rizzuto
Cupcakes and Cake Pops: Crumbs! Couture
Flowers: Blue Dove Weddings
Paper Pom Poms: Paper Poms UK
Chairs: Ambassador Furniture Hire
So then lovelies, who’s having a bold bright colour scheme? anyone going for the full on luscious lash look? anyone printing off these pages and sticking them in their scrapbook?
I want a dessert table that pretty for the next RMW soiree please.
And of course, you will all be invited.
With huge thanks to Louise at Bow Occasions for filling these pages with styled perfection.
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